Skyscraper dinners, champagne-fueled river cruises, storied hotels – New York City has “special occasion” written all over it. So you might want to take Manhattan from a sizable suite to really dig into the upper-crust lifestyle – be it in one of the venerable old Midtown hotels with gilded marquee entrances or one of the edgier newcomers downtown. Each five-star on this island has its own charm and personality, and when you fall for one, you’ll probably go back for decades to come. Here’s our pick of the best Manhattan hotels with suites – bookable on Culture Trip.
Inspired by the High Line urban park, installed along the disused rails of an old freight railway line, a whole trendy High Line neighborhood has sprung up on the west side of town. Speckled with white-cube galleries and queue-worthy brunch spots, it’s also home to this beautiful red-brick hotel, set in a part of an old theological seminary. Suites are lavishly decked out with floral feature walls, retro telephones and vintage leather loveseats – luxurious but understated, with a real New York collector’s eye.
The only Relais & Châteaux property in New York, the park-adjacent Surrey is famous for its members’ club rooftop (also available to guests), with plush cream sofas, cocktail service and a view of the most iconic rooftops in the city. Rooms here are opulent in a wedding cake sort of way, with suites that extend to glossy black coffee tables, flickering fireplaces and generous terraces. Bag the penthouse for 1,098sqft (102sqm) of wraparound outdoor space.
Overlooking Columbus Circle, right at the intersection of the theater district in Central Park and Midtown, this huge-windowed Manhattan hotel with suites is all about the views. MO Lounge, with rippling light fixtures and impeccable cocktails, is a real see-and-be-seen hotspot, but it’s nothing compared to your own mega-suite, in the polished, embellished Chinese style the brand is famous for – some with 180-degree corner views of the skyline, others with rare artworks and full-size kitchens for your private chef to get creative in.
An old-fashioned NYC welcome awaits you at the Bowery, with scarlet-tasseled keys and a snug lobby bar fireplace. Rooms here come in modern, peppy shades of olive and paprika, with printed-textile curtains and fully drenching rainfall showers. But the suites are something else, with atmospheric red-brick terraces with cushioned loungers and city-view dining nooks, and expansive wooden-floored living areas with butter-soft sofas and chic leather coffee tables. An interiors lover’s dream.
This artsy number on the east side of Midtown is big on themed rooms and suites. The dream room has trippy candy-colored murals and neon signage by artist Jason Naylor, while the light-filled terrace suites have more city-slicker vibes, with bookshelf murals and calligraphy art, as well as mustard-yellow kitchenettes. Downstairs, the Cupboard acts like a mini general store for guests, and a gym and valet parking help business travelers stay focused.
In the once-grimy Seaport District, close to the ferry terminals of Lower Manhattan, a ritzy district of flagship designer boutiques and suave restaurant terraces have sprung up in a wave of gentrification. At the heart of it is Italian boutique brand Mr C (from the people behind Cipriani restaurants), lush with soft suede textures, blush pinks, glossy walnut paneling and vases of cherry blossom sprigs. Some suite terraces have killer views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sandwiched between celeb home-base TriBeCa and designer-label SoHo, this is rarefied ground, yet the Roxy has an unpretentious, lived-in feel. Live music and raucous happy hours rock the Roxy Bar, while upstairs, differently styled suites have a 1970s streak running through them, courtesy of huge potted plants, geometric-print curtains and a penchant for tan and gold. Book the loft suite for a record player and epic views of downtown.
On sightseeing-handy Lexington Avenue in Midtown East, this Manhattan hotel with suites eases you into the city with strolls to Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue. The vast suites are no less soothing, in muted tones of honey and silver-gray, with the kitchenettes, dining areas and Elemis toiletries making you feel right at home. Downstairs, don’t miss star chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s take on modern American dining at the National.
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